Sean Taylor, 24, Dies From Gunshot Wound

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Sean Taylor, the former University of Miami star and Pro Bowl NFL safety with the Washington Redskins who was shot early Monday at his Miami home, has died of a gunshot wound, according to a family friend. He was only 24.

After an intruder entered his home, Taylor was shot and absorbed a bullet to his upper leg. The shot severely damaged a major artery, causing the football star serious blood loss and the loss of consciousness.

According to his former lawyer, Richard Sharpstein, Sean Taylor seemed to show signs of recovery when he squeezed a nurse's hand late Monday night, following surgery, but never regained consciousness thereafter.

"This is just such a tragic, horrible, unnecessary death - another example of the incessant violence in this city and this country," Sharpstein said.

Sean Taylor starred at the University of Miami and with the NFL's Redskins.

Miami-Dade Police are investigating the attack. The police are considering it a possible burglary as Sean Taylor's home was also burglarized eight days prior to the fatal night. A knife was left on the player's bed during that break-in.

Miami-Dade patrol officers first received the call that Sean Taylor had been shot in his house about 1:45 a.m. Monday morning.

Taylor and his girlfriend were startled awake by noises inside his home. Taylor grabbed a machete from underneath his bed and went to investigate.

He didn't get far. An armed intruder fired at least one shot, possibly two. Sean Taylor tumbled back into the bedroom, severely wounded in the groin.

Sharpstein said the couple's baby daughter was also in the bedroom and slept through the shooting. The gunman fled immediately after firing.

"Nothing was stolen. They shot at him and fled," Sharpstein said.

The attorney said phone lines to the home had been cut and that Taylor's girlfriend had to call 911 on a cellphone.

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